Saturday, Feb. 19, 2011
Posted 6:12 p.m.
By John Mullin
Former Bears safety Dave Duersons death Thursday is being ruled by the Dade County (Fla.) medical examiner as suicide by gunshot, according to NBCChicago.com.
Duerson, who was found dead in his Miami home Thursday night, also reportedly texted friends that he wanted his brain to be studied by NFL research, particularly the left side. The study will be conducted by the Boston-based Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy at the Boston University School of Medicine and co-director Chris Nowinski.
Duerson took his own life with a bullet to the chest, according to reports.
Over the last five years, Duersons business enterprises had failed, his 24-year marriage to wife Alicia ended in divorce and he was removed from the Notre Dame Board of Trustees after a domestic battery incident.
John "Moon" Mullin is CSNChicago.com's Bears Insider, and appears regularly on Bears Postgame Live and Chicago Tribune Live. Follow Moon on Twitter for up-to-the-minute Bears information.